Posts Tagged ‘Beck’

Great song: Beck’s “The Golden Age”

Monday, December 29th, 2003

I have a guilty pleasure of watching Alias, the TV show, on DVD. It arose from my fascination with the moral ambiguity of La Femme Nikita, the cult classic show that ran for five years. Alias is hardly of the same caliber - it replaces moral ambiguity with heavy-handed plot twisting and frankly absurd storylines - but it’s a lot of fun anyway.

In any case, the episode I’m watching now has Beck’s “The Golden Age” playing in the background of one of the scenes. I have no idea what happened in that scene because I was singing along. I might have to watch the whole episode over again, because I completely just shifted my attention to the song. That’s how good it is.

It’s a treacherous road
With a desolated view
There’s distant lights
But here they’re far and few
And the sun don’t shine
Even when its day
You gotta drive all night
Just to feel like you’re ok

Fusion is a bad place to look for good lyrics

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003

No, I haven’t forgotten about my lyrics project. It’s just that I’ve been listening almost exclusively to fusion for the past week or so, and there aren’t any lyrics to listen to. I was reminded of the lyrics thing because I just lent my copy of Beck’s Sea Change to a friend - there’s some great wordsmithing on that album. It’s a gorgeous work, sad and melancholy in a beautiful way. It’s also hard to find comparisons; at least, I can’t think of any off the top of my head. Actually, I have a hard time describing it in general - “sparsely orchestrated vocal pop/rock” is accurate but makes it sound like a really cheesy adult contemporary album. Which it’s decidedly not.

“Cleansing” music

Monday, February 3rd, 2003

The Best Song Ever Right Now: Beck, “The Golden Age”.

I’ve had this urge lately to make a list of music that I would describe as “cleansing”. I think this would be a totally useless list, except for the interesting connotations that I clearly ascribe towards the word. Hmm:

  • Avant Garden - the entirety of Maelstrom
  • Godspeed You Black Emperor! - I dunno, a lot of stuff
  • King Crimson - “Starless”
  • Mogwai - “Mogwai Fear Satan”
  • NeBeLNeST - “Nova Express”
  • Pink Floyd - “Echoes”
  • Sigur Rós - “Popplagið”
  • Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - “Sleepytime”
  • Uzva - “Drontti”

Obviously it’s something to do with lots of noise with melodies hidden inside, or long tension-and-releases, but I think it’s more complicated than that too, given the inclusion of some jams etc…